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USPTO Releases Final Rules for the Citation of Prior Art and Written Statements

August 6, 2012

Legal Alerts News

USPTO Releases Final Rules for the Citation of Prior Art and Written Statements

August 6, 2012

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USPTO Releases Final Rules for the Citation of Prior Art and Written Statements

Today, August 6, the USPTO published Federal Register notices for the final rules for the Citation of Prior Art and Written Statements, which go into effect on September 16, 2012.

The PTO also indicated that the final rules for the remaining provisions that go into effect on September 16, 2012 under the America Invents Act will be published on August 14, 2012. These rules will specifically cover:

  • Inventor’s oath/declaration
  • Supplemental examination
  • Post-grant review
  • Inter partes review
  • Covered business method review

Stay tuned for further information about the implications of the new rules. Additional information on the AIA is available at our patent reform webpage.

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